ESPN's New Apple TV App Lets You Watch Up to Four Live Sporting Events Simultaneously

ESPN is releasing a new tvOS app for the fourth-generation Apple TV that allows viewers to watch up to four live sporting events simultaneously.


The multicast feature means a sports fan could, for example, watch two NFL games, an MLB postseason game, and an NBA game on a Sunday in October all at once, with each stream taking up an equally-sized quadrant of the TV.

There are multiple viewing modes to select from, including one with a large stream on the left alongside three smaller streams on the right.

The idea isn't new—there's a similar two-stream feature in the MLB.TV app for Apple TV—but ESPN says its implementation offers up to four streams and has a streamlined user interface, according to Recode.


The new ESPN app should be rolling out as a free update on the tvOS App Store today in the United States.

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30 months ago
With a 4K AppleTV and a 2160p display this could allow a viewer to watch the four games in 1080p, each at native resolution in its respective quadrant.
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30 months ago
Watch up to four commercials simultaneously!
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30 months ago
I could only see myself utilizing this feature during college football season.
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30 months ago

('https://www.macrumors.com/2017/08/16/new-espn-apple-tv-app-four-streams-multicast/')

The multicast feature means a sports fan could, for example, watch two NFL games, an MLB postseason game, and an NBA game on a Sunday in October all at once, with each stream taking up an equally-sized quadrant of the TV.


Nice try, but these things never air at the same time on ESPN/ABC. The best application will be college football.

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With a 4K AppleTV and a 2160p display this could allow a viewer to watch the four games in 1080p, each at native resolution in its respective quadrant.


RIP my data cap.
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30 months ago

"The multicast feature means a sports fan could, for example, watch two NFL games, an MLB postseason game, and an NBA game on a Sunday in October all at once, with each stream taking up an equally-sized quadrant of the TV."

Nice try, but these things never air at the same time on ESPN/ABC.
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RIP my data cap.


Was thinking the same thing. 1) ESPN doesn't have 2 NFL games on Sunday. 2) In October, MLB games will likely be on major networks. 3) Who cares about the NBA - especially in October? :p
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30 months ago
I'm really over ESPN. I just want live content directly from the leagues with OTT solutions.
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30 months ago
Why isn't this a feature of the apple tv itself? I want to be able to watch four feeds from any combination of providers and not just ESPN.
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30 months ago
Can I assume this still requires a subscription through a cable or satellite provider, or can I just "subscribe" to ESPN via my appleTV?
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30 months ago

Was thinking the same thing. 1) ESPN doesn't have 2 NFL games on Sunday. 2) In October, MLB games will likely be on major networks. 3) Who cares about the NBA - especially in October? :p


Tech blogs gonna tech blog.
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30 months ago

I feel like it would be cool to add this to tvOS just like the iPad has, but Apple's tvOS is definitely years behind iOS and I don't think this would be easy to do.


What do you mean? This IS for tvOS.
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